Paramount Theatre

727 Church Street,
Nashville, TN 37203

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DavidZornig on October 7, 2017 at 8:12 pm

1957 photo added courtesy of Ralph Mitchell.

TheatreOrgan on May 25, 2016 at 3:39 pm

Bob Luck, and my organ instructor, Mary Doster, were some of the organists in the latter years before the Wurlitzer was removed.

DavePrice on May 25, 2016 at 2:26 pm

I don’t remember Frank Bobo but I remember Bob Luck or Lux who played it in the late 40s. Delmas Jenkins was at the Paramount opening night and said the organist was named “C. Sharp Minor.” This info may be in an earlier post.

rivest266 on May 25, 2016 at 1:59 pm

Grand opening ad in photo section.

TheatreOrgan on December 20, 2012 at 7:26 pm

On the contrary, MPotts, if you’ll check the book “The Wurlitzer Pipe Organ” – An Illustrated History, by David Junchen, published in 2005, you’ll see a picture of the restored 1930 Nashville Paramount Wurlitzer, Opus 2132, 3 manual/15 rank, Balaban 3 style, on page ix in the Preface section of the book. Jeff Weiler, present day theatre organist, is posing in front of the console. The organ is very much alive and playable!

mpotts on December 16, 2012 at 11:52 am

Frank Bobo, who played the “Mighty Wurlitzer” at the Paramount, was also a staff musician at WSIX Radio where my mother worked. He played for my parents' wedding in 1947. I remember seeing the Paramount console, but never heard the organ. This would’ve been sometime in the 50s; console was still in the orchestra pit. Unfortunately the organ was removed by a person who scattered it abroad instead of saving it or selling it to someone who would preserve it.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 26, 2011 at 5:05 pm

Tis,Nick wrote somewhere he wants more PICTURES.You send them down and I will see that he gets them or by-pass Me and Mail them to Nick,any personal pics from your days?

DavePrice on April 25, 2011 at 4:58 pm

No I didn’t work in the booth but I was a good union billposter in my young days. I bet you remember old Mac who managed the Capitol and then the Bordeaux- I posted a lot of paper with him. That was in the winter, in the summer I was off with the circus. Oops- I’m going to air all my old linen here if I don’t watch it.

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 25, 2011 at 4:48 pm

RIGHT ON,Dave,If you were an operator,thanks for the years you gave us in the booth.I got out right when all that was about to change,I wanted to manage and promote films,the Booth was your guys world.

DavePrice on April 25, 2011 at 4:44 pm

I’m sure you’re right, Mike. Everywhere you look there’s some cheaper way to run things. And of course there are experienced people sitting at home unable to find work.

I’m glad I’m an old man and have had my day- sure wouldn’t want to start over in today’s world.

I’ll just sign as “The Old Grouch”

(I’d rather be a has-been than a never-was)

Mike Rogers
Mike Rogers on April 25, 2011 at 4:32 pm

When those carbon arcs were pulled out of Theatres across the country that is when the theatre Business ended as most of old theatre dawgs know, It wasn’t long before the platters showed up,Owner quickly realized a 17 year old could be trained to thread a film.No cue marks.No Carbons to adjust,so Who needed a union man in the booth. I saw it happen and I wanted NO part of it.Kids ran the booth and I bet in 90 per cent of the booths today are that way,but what the heck,Films are like Dvd’s now.Film is a thing of the past. Thanks Nick and Tis for caring.

TLSLOEWS on April 24, 2011 at 10:40 am

Thanks again for posting those photos Nick.

DavePrice on April 23, 2011 at 4:17 pm

I have a LOT of Paramount lobby photos, but I don’t know how to post them here.

Nunzienick on April 23, 2011 at 3:16 pm

Here are some photos of the Paramount provided by tlsloews. These were taken around opening date circa 1930. A beautiful shot of the front entrance with blade sign, marquee, and box office:
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Nice clean projection booth:
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Great shot of auditorium with a full house:
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TLSLOEWS on January 20, 2011 at 7:23 am

Thanks for information Dave.

DavePrice on January 18, 2011 at 8:10 am

Today there was a full obit telling of his starting at the Paramount in 1930 as an usher. Also a young picture of him. He was born on 11/11/11 (Nov 11, 1911) and died 1/15/11 (Jan 15, 2011).

DavePrice on January 17, 2011 at 10:22 am

Did anyone else notice in the Tennessean where Ben H Garrett, age 99, had died? Mr Garrett took over management of the Paramount from Charles Amos in the mid-to-late 1940s. Russ McCown told me probably fifteen or more years ago that he was then working as night watchman at the L&C Tower.

TLSLOEWS on November 8, 2010 at 5:37 am

In November 1956 Elvis Presleys “Love Me Tender” graced the screen at the Paramount.

TLSLOEWS on October 18, 2010 at 7:10 pm

By the way, the photo I have is circa 1930 the year they opened. The Vertical Sign was huge,just by looking at the photo if you took the vertical off the building and set it on the sidewalk it would be just a little taller than the 2 story building.Also the storefronts of the building were white washed and hand draw pitcures were drawn on the windows showing what could be there,and done very nice.Also the original marquee was much larger than the photos posted above.I also have a photo of the booth. I will post as soon as possible.

TLSLOEWS on October 5, 2010 at 11:57 am

Thanks Dave, hope you both are doing better now.

DavePrice on October 5, 2010 at 11:50 am

For awhile I was able to get every issue of Nashville Retropect but my wife broke her hip in December then then I had a stroke in April and we were both in a nursing home for quite awhile. Since then I have been somewhat resticted in getting around so can’t get back to the place I usually got these. I have some pix of the Paramount lobby I might be able to post someday.

TLSLOEWS on October 5, 2010 at 11:31 am

Thanks Dave, I have a photo of the Paramount with the original marquee and a photo if the projection booth,but I do not have a scanner to post them.I will post them as soon as possible.If you ever pick up a copy of the Nashville Retropect which is published once a month,they have a write up on Nashville Theatres in most issues.

DavePrice on October 5, 2010 at 8:10 am

tisloews: I was in that sign shop over fifty years ago. The guy who did the work up there was Monk Ferguson. Those windows above the marquee were the sign shop windows, the shop being right over the lobby entrance.

TLSLOEWS on October 4, 2010 at 4:50 pm

The two Statues mentioned in the Sept 9,2010 post, I believe that they were Angels with their wings out.Looked pretty spooky in the dark in the theatre as a kid.

TLSLOEWS on October 4, 2010 at 4:26 pm

MORE HISTORY OF THE NASHVILLE PARAMOUNT.From an artical written by Stanley E. Hime a former projectionist there. Charles “Charlie” Amos was the first manager,later his assistant Ben Garrett would become Manager.The theatre had a sign shop where the displays were crafted.Sometimes a display was glued to the lobby floor and patrons walked over them.Three projectionists who worked there were Isaac B. Hime,Roy M Martin,and William Brown,,The original projectors were 35 mm Simplex Machines,The theatre open with “Fast and Loose” starring Miriam Hopkins, Frank Morgan, and Carol Lombard.In the early years the ladies room had a maid and the mens room had a valet.The projection booth was also equipted with an EFFECTS MACHINE for projecting designs on the screen or curtains.